By John F. McKenna (McJack): I have always believed that size is not the reason World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschk (43-2, 40 KO’s) is so dominant. True “Dr. Ironfist” maximizes his 6’7 ½” height and uses it to his advantage, but there is much more to his being a great fighter than how big he is.
Now we have confirmation from someone who has been there and done that. Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight belt holder Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO’s) is speaking out about the one sided beat down Vitlai inflicted on him on September 10 in Wroclaw, Poland. And for once we are getting some straight talk from a fighter who elected to go out on his shield rather than pull a “David Haye”.
The “Hayemaker” who talked a good game did not have the goods where the rubber meets the road in July against multiple heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko. Haye’s started to make excuses before he even left the ring and went so far as to take off his shoe so that everyone could see his injured toe. The reporters did not buy the excuse. More importantly boxing fans who put their money down to watch a fight did not buy the excuse either. Haye was too eager to pull off his shoe and show it to the cameras. It all seemed so choreographed.
Not so with Tomasz Adamek. Instead of going with the standard line “The Klitschko’s are dominant fighters because of their size”, Tomasz did not reach for the myriad excuses other fighters have used when losing a fight to a Klitschko, in this case Vitali.
Adamek was amazingly honest in a recent interview with Fightnews.com. He had this to say about his loss to Vitali Klitschko:
“This night in Wroclaw, Vitali could have been five inches shorter and he would still defeat me, his physical qualities are just part of the equation.
“Simply he was great that night and I was just average. The story ends there.”
Shannon Briggs also had high praise for Viali after he was severely beaten by him in October of 2010. Briggs noted that he had fought Lennox Lewis and George Foreman and said that Vitali is the best by far.
When two pretty good fighters who have both fought Vitali pretty much come to the same conclusion as to how good he is, it is noteworthy and carries a significant amount of weight.